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Whee Kim

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/22/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 172

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First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim spun a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to match Alex Cejka and Patrick Cantlay on 9-under 275, and then lost to Cantlay's par with double bogey-6 on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death after an errant tee shot and penalty drop. UPDATE: Kim jumps 34 spots to a career-high 114th in OWGR.
This was Kim's third cash in three appearances, brushing aside a previous-best T49 in 2015. He improves to 4-for-4 on the season with two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, arriving off solo 4th at THE CJ CUP two weeks ago. It's the 25-year-old's second runner-up finish in 81 career starts, first in extra time, joining a T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude. After kicking off in 65-72-72, the South Korean began T8, five back of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome with Cantlay, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 2.989 SG: Putting, No. 1 for the week in SGP at 8.635. Kim was blemish-free 6-under thru 17 holes, circling 1, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16, five from between 11 and 25 feet, before a walk-off bogey-5 in freshening winds. He posted 1.643 putts per GIR with 28 total putts. Nov 5 - 8:35 PM

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First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim backed up with a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, dipping two places to T8 on 4-under 209, five shy of 54-hole co-leaders Beau Hossler and J.J. Spaun.

After opening with 65, the 25-year-old has posted consecutive 72s. He began the third round T6 on 5-under, six back of Spaun. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, the South Korean was 1-under thru 17 holes, outpacing bogeys at Nos. 4 and 7 with three birdies at 3, 11 and 13 (from 16'9"), but walked off with double bogey-6 after putting his second in the water. On six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, he lost 1.931 strokes tee-to-green but gained 2.123 on-the-green, finishing with 28 total putts. Kim saved par three times from between six and 10 feet, including a nice up-and-in at 17 with the winds howling.
Nov 4 - 8:44 PM

First-round leader and World No. 148 Whee Kim stumbled to a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, falling five spots to T6 on 5-under 137, six shy of 36-hole leader J.J. Spaun.

After an opening 65, the 25-year-old led by one over four players. He was blemish-free in R1 but squared three in R2, all failed scrambles, outbalancing two circles at Nos. 5 (from 41'11") and 9 (8'8"). The South Korean found nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.852 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.991 around-the-green. He posted 1.833 putts per GIR and -0.147 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts.
Nov 3 - 9:09 PM

Whee Kim cruised to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, good for sole possession of the early clubhouse lead.

Kim landed just 13 greens in regulation today but used some stellar short game to maintain a clean card. By day's end, he knocked in three putts from outside 10 feet, including a 27'7" birdie bomb at the par-4 seventh. That was good for +3.471 strokes gained putting as he walked off TPC Summerlin. Kim arrived with a solo fourth in his most recent start (CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges) so some keen gamers may have seen this round coming. If this lead holds it will be his first 18-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR, and just his second lead after any round (R2, 2015 Barbasol Championship). He went on to finish T3 at that event.
Nov 2 - 4:08 PM

World No. 205 Whee Kim carved out an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 72-hole tally of 6-under 282, up one spot to solo 4th, three swings short of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

The 25-year-old was one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and the only top-10 finisher. It's his seventh top 10 in 80 career TOUR starts, first this season in three tries, chasing progressively better finishes of T54 (Safeway) and T39 at the CIMB. After opening in 68-70-72, the Seoul native began T5 on 6-under, three adrift of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.846 putts per GIR. Kim cancelled six birdies at holes 1, 3, 8, 9, 14 and 18, with four squares at 2, 6, 7 and 17, and double bogey-6 at 10. This is his second top 10 in his last 12 starts, joining a career-best T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude back in early-June.
Oct 22 - 6:15 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim handed in an even-par 36-36=72 after the third round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 54-hole tally of 6-under 210, up one spot to T5, three adrift of co-leaders Justin Thomas and Scott Brown.

After opening with 68-70, the South Korean began T6 on 6-under, three short of 36-hole leader Luke List. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, registering 1.909 putts per GIR. The 25-year-old carded 16 pars, exchanging birdie-3 at 10 with a walk-off bogey-6 at 18. He has six career top 10s in 79 TOUR starts with a best of T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude, where he was T9 thru 54 holes and closed in 3-under 67.
Oct 21 - 6:30 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim crafted a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the second round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to reach 6-under 138, up six places to T6, three shy of 36-hole leader Luke List.

The 25-year-old is one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and at the midpoint, the only one residing in the top 20. He kicked off with 68, cancelling two birdies with two bogeys but bookended two eagle-3s at holes 9 and 18. The Seoul native returned on Day 2 to card three birdies against one bogey on 13 (of 14) fairways -- for a second lap in a row -- and 18 greens in regulation. His ball striking is obviously on-point, T2 in driving accuracy and T11 in greens in regulation at halfime, but he's 71st in putts per GIR at 1.966, lowlighted by a pedestrian 2.000 mark in R2.
Oct 20 - 8:37 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim readies for the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Jeju Island, Korea.

The South Korea native and resident's lone professional win came in 2012 on the Korean PGA Tour. He's a two-time Web.com Tour grad in 2014 and 2016, parlaying the latter into a career-best 89th-place finish in the FedExCup standings last season. The 25-year-old posted five top 25s among just 11 made cuts in 27 starts, two for top 10s, including a career-best T2 at the FedEx St. Jude back in June. In 10 starts since, he's not recorded a top 25, but did post a T12 four weeks ago on the Korean Tour. Kim's opened this season with T54 at the Safeway and T39 last week at the CIMB (68-75-71-68).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

Whee Kim preps for his tournament debut at this week's Dell Technologies Championship, taking his first stab at TPC Boston.

Kim pieced together a T34 last week in his FedExCup Playoffs debut. That positions him at 82nd in the FedExCup standings. The Yonsei University product has been leaning heavily on his short game, gaining strokes over the field in around-the-green AND putting in seven of his last 10 starts with ShotLink data. He'll need to keep the magic rolling this week since he needs to jump at least 12 spots in the FEC standings in order to qualify for the BMW Championship which takes place in two weeks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 29 - 12:40 PM

Whee Kim preps for his tournament debut at this week's Dell Technologies Championship, taking his first stab at TPC Boston.

Kim pieced together a T34 last week in his FedExCup Playoffs debut. That positions him at 82nd in the FedExCup standings. The Yonsei University product has been leaning heavily on his short game, gaining strokes over the field in around-the-green AND putting in seven of his last 10 starts with ShotLink data. He'll need to keep the magic rolling this week since he needs to jump at least 12 spots in the FEC standings in order to qualify for the BMW Championship which takes place in two weeks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 29 - 12:40 PM

Whee Kim preps for his tournament debut at this week's Dell Technologies Championship, taking his first stab at TPC Boston.

Kim pieced together a T34 last week in his FedExCup Playoffs debut. That positions him at 82nd in the FedExCup standings. The Yonsei University product has been leaning heavily on his short game, gaining strokes over the field in around-the-green AND putting in seven of his last 10 starts with ShotLink data. He'll need to keep the magic rolling this week since he needs to jump at least 12 spots in the FEC standings in order to qualify for the BMW Championship which takes place in two weeks.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 29 - 12:40 PM

World No. 172 Whee Kim withdrew during Round 2 of the Quicken Loans National citing a back injury. UPDATE: Kim returned July 6th at The Greenbrier Classic and missed the cut after rounds of 3-over 72-71=143.

After opening with 75, the 25-year-old was 6-over thru nine holes, 11-over total when he called it a day. He circled a lone birdie at the par-5 second, outbalanced by two bogeys, double bogey-6 and triple bogey-7 at the eighth. This is the South Korean's second mid-tourney WD in 72 career events, second this season in 22 starts (Valspar). He entered the week 70th in the FedExCup standings with two top 10s, both doubling as top 5s, including a career-best T2 three starts ago at the FedEx St. Jude Classic -- chasing that with T50 and a missed cut. Kim is in the published field at next week's Greenbrier Classic.
Jun 30 - 6:24 PM

World No. 290 Whee Kim styled a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to finish up on 9-under 271, up seven spots to a career-best T2, one shy of champion Daniel Berger, who shot 66.

This was the 25-year-old's 69th career start and nips a pair of previous-best T3s at the 2016 John Deere and the 2015 Barbasol. It was his 19th start of the season, is a fifth top 25 and second top 10, joining a T5 at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open. The South Korean was making his third visit to the St. Jude with progressively better finishes of T45/2015 and T34/2016. After opening in 69-66-69, he began T9 on 6-under, three adrift of a trio of 54-hole leaders. Playing out of the sixth-to-last twosome, he outpaced a lone bogey-5 at 10 with birdies at 2, 6, 9 and 15, all from inside of 13 feet. Kim hit eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.972 SG: Tee-to-Green and 1.704 SG: Putting.
Jun 11 - 6:38 PM

World No. 290 Whee Kim fashioned a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to post 6-under 204, up two places to T9, three in arrears of a trio of 54-hole leaders.

The 25-year-old found six (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.278 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 2.294 around-the-green. He circled four birdies, three from between 14 and 24 feet, and double-circled the par-5 16th, holing out from 118 yards away, posting a tidy 1.455 putts per GIR and 2.219 SG: Putting. The South Korean took some luster off with three bogeys and a double bogey-6 at nine.
Jun 10 - 8:12 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 290 Whee Kim orchestrated a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic to reach 5-under 135, up 21 places to T8 with play still in progress.

This is the 25-year-old's third appearance and third cash (T45/2015, T34/2016). He opened with a bogey-free 69 (one birdie), one of only four blemish-free rounds on Day 1. The South Korean squared two bogey-5s in R2 at holes 1 and a walk off at 9, camouflaged by six birdies at 12, 16, 3, 4, 7 and 8, three from between 10 and 21 feet, adding a chip-in 3 at the seventh from 34'1" away. He mustered seven (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, but posted a stellar 1.444 putts per GIR and 2.683 SG: Putting at last check, buoyed by a 10'1" par-saver at the 18th as he made the turn.
Jun 9 - 2:30 PM